RUSSIAN ROULETTE: Afghanistan Through Russian Eyes

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9780060391102: RUSSIAN ROULETTE: Afghanistan Through Russian Eyes

This book is about the war in Afghanistan; it is a classic about war anywhere. It is by a Russian journalist; it will remind you of the best writing about Vietnam. The author takes us inside the war in Afghanistan -- the Soviet Vietnam. The book is written in several voices: that of the extraordinary journalist that Bocharov is, & those of several ordinary Soviet soldiers who tell who they are (or were) & what happened to them. Taken together, theses parallel streams recreate the atmosphere of the war, its specific characteristics, & its moral cul-de-sacs & tragedies. This was the longest war waged by Russia since 1813.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Russian

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Bocharov, a Soviet journalist who covered the war in Afghanistan from 1980 to 1988, here relates experiences of its combat participants. One story is about a wounded soldier who saved himself by parachuting from a chopper hit by ground fire; another recounts the ordeal of the sole survivor of an ambush; another is about a My Lai-like incident in which seven civilians riding in a car were massacred because they did not stop at a Soviet checkpoint. The material fails to convey whatever was unique about this particular war, and each "Soldier's Tale" is followed by a uniformly disappointing chapter called "The Journalist's Story." Readers will find the book too broadly general, such as Bocharov's observation that the war in Afghanistan "brought out marvellous human qualities . . . such as generosity, willpower, humility, sense of duty, and amazing courage."
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